Chicago Uptown Ministry

Chicago Uptown Ministry (a program of LCFS) is a center dedicated to providing a wide range
of services to the residents of Uptown and neighboring communities.

Historically, Chicago Uptown Ministry is known for its services to a diverse population, facilitating and supporting the passage of individuals from the fringes of society into the mainstream. Today, Chicago Uptown Ministry brings innovative programming to the larger community through a variety of services, ranging from assisting those in need of social services to offering financial education sessions, art classes and piano lessons.

Chicago Uptown Ministry strives to build community between people from all walks of life and to bring about self-sufficiency, hope and justice. Its food pantry serves as a bridge to a number of other services including: ESL classes, after-school programming, art classes, piano lessons, AA meetings, support groups, senior services, workshops, parish nursing, substance-abuse treatment referral services and social-justice advocacy.

Our doors are open to provide a safe and friendly environment for everyone. Community members can find the comforts of a warm and friendly environment, coffee, snacks and additional amenities including a place to receive mail and haircuts.

Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. | Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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Chicago Uptown Ministry provides a wide range of direct services:

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings

AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strengths and hopes with each other in order to solve their common problems and help others recover from alcoholism.The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues of fees for AA membership. The primary purpose is to stay sober and help each other.
Open AA meetings are held Monday – Thursday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

Art classes

Do you like to draw, paint or sculpt? Want to create some art that shows the world who you are? Chicago Uptown Ministry supplies the materials, the workspace and mentoring from our volunteer artist. You bring the imagination, creativity and a willingness to release your inner artist. Drop in at Chicago Uptown Ministry for art lessons on Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. There is no cost and no reservations are needed.

Piano lessons

Chicago Uptown Ministry wants to provide Uptown residents with the opportunity to learn the piano and experience the benefits that come with exposure to music. There is a $15 charge for a 30-minute piano lesson. Contact us at 773-271-3760 to schedule your first lesson. All ages are welcome for these beginning-and intermediate-level lessons.

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes

Informal ESL classes for beginners include vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, conversation and reading. There is no cost. For times and additional information, contact Gloria Ortega at 773-271-3760.

Financial education classes

Whether you have a lot of money or just enough to get by, an understanding of financial issues is important. LCFS offers classes for all ages (with a focus on populations without access to conventional financial resources) to help attendees obtain the knowledge that will help them succeed financially today and into the future. LCFS is committed to helping people who desire to improve their credit status and achieve increased self-sufficiency. 

The 90-minute class helps you build a solid, financial foundation for your life in an engaging, interactive format based on real-life scenarios. There is no charge for this class. Contact Financial Education Facilitator Camille Richardson at 708-771-7180 or


FLOURISH offers a program of self-activation through mutual help. Groups are anonymous, free, confidential and open to all. The FLOURISH group is a supportive service for members of the community who struggle with a multitude of challenges. Meetings focus on solving the personal challenges that members wish to discuss. FLOURISH meetings are led by Rev. Paulette Fowler of Chicago’s “We are of God Ministries.”

Food pantry

We provide supplemental groceries for up to 400 individuals and families a month. Staff or volunteers interview them to assess their total needs. The food pantry also forms a bridge between the community and other services. Open Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for all individuals and families living in the 60640 zip code.

Juntos after-school program

The Juntos after-school program offers tutoring and educational-enrichment services to all middle-school children and in particular to children of the Spanish/English bilingual community in Uptown. The goal of the program is to provide these students with a comprehensive educational-support system within a safe, loving space in order to nurture and expand their sense of positive identity and develop their abilities for self-expression and creativity.

Juntos summer program

The Juntos summer program helps kids have a fun, safe summer break that may not otherwise be possible. The program’s capacity is fifteen children ages 6-14. The summer program runs four days a week, Monday through Thursday from the third week of June until the middle of August. Activities include participation in the summer-reading program at the Bezazian branch of the Chicago Public Library, where book-bags and certificates are awarded as children complete their reading goals. The group meets at the library every Wednesday afternoon. There are also field trips to a variety of locations including local museums and parks. Public transportation is used for field trips.

Parish nursing services

Chicago Uptown Ministry’s parish nursing services provide health counseling, educational programs, blood screenings, referrals to community agencies and health advocacy. The parish-nurse position is part of a program sponsored by Advocate Health Care. These services are provided free of charge.

Women, Power and Action

Women, Power and Action is an English as a Second Language (ESL) program that’s also designed to develop life skills, provide opportunities for socialization and generate paths for advancement.

See the Events page for schedule information for programs and events.

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Crisis Intervention, Referrals, Advocacy

Chicago Uptown Ministry provides crisis intervention through help with housing and job placement, family problems, physical abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, medical needs and other personal traumas. Critical support is provided through counseling, referrals and advocacy to help clients navigate the greater social service network and other systems like the public schools, legal, immigration and public health.


Holiday Programs

Food baskets are distributed to select families at a special Thanksgiving service prior to the holiday.

During Christmas we have three major programs:

  • A toy store where parents can select new toys supplied by our friends.
  • A wish-list program, which enables supporters to adopt a family or an individual for Christmas. Supporters purchase furniture, clothing, a Christmas dinner and other items, which would otherwise be unattainable.
  • We distribute Christmas food baskets to individuals and families at a pre-Christmas service.

Special Events

Events include Martha Dinners, where a supporting church prepares a sit-down dinner for community guests and provides an entertainment.

Chicago Uptown Ministry 4720 North Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60640 773-271-3760